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InvisibleTouch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-18-07 11:05 AM
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53. I don't like the word "evil" in and of itself...
...though I have on rare occasions used it as the closest approximation for what I was trying to describe. I don't like the word because to my mind it does denote some kind of supernatural definition. "Evil" as a concept goes back to some ultimate source, some deliberate "intelligence," i.e. the proverbial "Satan," some cosmic struggle between opposing forces that dates back to the dawn of time. And this simply doesn't exist.

But are there people who are completely without conscience, without one shred of empathy, completely wrapped up in their own greed and desires, and willing to destroy lives without blinking an eye or losing a night's sleep? Absolutely. And they are both born and made. Those that are "made" might in some circumstances be redeemable. Those that are "born" are beyond any kind of redemption. And they are completely clinically sane, in most cases. The only reason more of them don't turn into mass murderers is that they do have a sense of self-preservation, and don't want the trouble this would bring to their own lives. They go on exercising their petty power in other ways.

So yes, if you use the term "evil" as a metaphor, I've seen it and I know it's out there, but it's completely human and comes from no outside source. I wish there were a better word for it.
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